The Need Only Grows at our RESTORE Food Bank
We continue to operate the RESTORE Food Bank as a service to our neighbors who are struggling during the tough economic times of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our client base has grown more than 50% over the past few weeks. During a typical week, we provide bags of food to 160-180 area families from a tent bordering our back church parking lot.
We operate the RESTORE Food Bank on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM until noon (or until there are no more automobiles). From 9:30 onward, cars line up in a line that stretches around our parking lot and occasionally out to Riverview Drive. Because we must conform with USDA guidelines, each family is only allowed to come by no more frequently than every seven days. Each client must provide identification and must be checked off against our master list. Many of the cars that go by our tent include more than one family, each of whom must be individually registered.
Once their participation has been validated, each family will receive the following:
1. A paper bag containing can goods and staples, one meat, one loaf of bread, and one pastry or dessert.
2. A carton of eggs or milk or orange juice, depending upon what is available on that day.
3. Other food items that have been generously donated by our grocery stores, local vendors, our neighboring ECHO South County food bank, the Rice Creek Mobile Home Park Association, South Shore United Methodist Church or individuals and families.
In conformance with social distancing guidelines, our clients no longer leave their cars. We place groceries and perishable food stuffs into the trunks of their cars, and allow them to drive away.
On Tuesdays, our food deliveries also include bag lunches provided by our partners at Metropolitan Ministries. On Thursdays, we also pass out surplus pizzas from our local Pizza Hut.
We have lost many RESTORE Food Bank volunteers over the last few weeks, many due to health fears. Also, many of our senior volunteers have been pressed into duty as temporary daycare and home schoolers by their families. So, if you have been considering a relatively safe activity to get out of the house and help your community, now might be a good time for you to consider becoming a food bank volunteer! We need people to distribute food, to pick up food from our many suppliers, and to pack bags for delivery on Mondays and Wednesdays. Won’t you come join our happy band and make a difference?